Thanks to rising healthcare costs, it is becoming more common to travel outside the country for medical procedures. Although it may be possible to save money on cosmetic procedures outside of the United States, traveling abroad for surgery can have unexpected and potentially dangerous consequences.
Shopping for affordable cosmetic surgery is on the rise, but cosmetic surgery tourism can be harmful. United States citizens can be lured by false and misleading advertisements that can lead to botched results or misunderstandings. Experts say that more than half of American patients who decide to have cosmetic surgery abroad do so without sufficient information. As a result, they risk not only their money but also their health.
Surgeons and hospitals in the United States are held to higher standards than their counterparts in many other countries. Licensing requirements vary worldwide, and these subtleties could be difficult for the average person to research and discern.
HIPPA rules protect the privacy of medical information in the United States, but other countries have different standards of protection. Patients should know their privacy could be at risk.
Americans receiving medical treatment abroad may find themselves recuperating in an unfamiliar country, without the comfort of their friends and family, and perhaps not even speaking the language. If there are problems with the treatment, options for recourse may be limited.
Dr. George Pope is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Louisiana State University, and gained experience in surgery and otolaryngology at Tulane Medical Center and the University of Connecticut. He completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Louisville. Dr. George Pope can provide the peace of mind that comes with a U.S. cosmetic surgeon.
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